The committee on the application of D. C. Woolevert, a candidate for initiation, reported favorably; whereupon he was balloted for, and the box appearing foul, he was declared rejected.
The committee on the application of William S. Anderson, a candidate for initiation, having reported unfavorably, he was declared rejected, without a ballot.
A petition for initiation from Robert Chase, of Jersey City, accompanied by the usual fee of ten dollars ($10), and recommended by Brothers Hart, Lewis, and Onion, was referred to a committee of investigation, consisting of Brothers Slick, Wise, and Swift.
Brother Samuel Brevoort, an Entered Apprentice, having applied for advancement, was duly elected to the Second Degree; and Brother Thomas Jansen, a Fellow Craft, was, on his application for advancement, duly elected to the Third Degree in Masonry.
Lodge of Master Masons was then closed, and a Lodge of Entered Apprentices opened in due form.
Mr. Charles Fronde, a candidate for initiation, being in waiting, was duly prepared, brought forward, and initiated as an Entered Apprentice Mason in due and ancient form, he paying the further sum of five dollars ($5).
Lodge of Entered Apprentices closed, and a Lodge of Fellow Crafts opened in due form.
Brother Stephen Currie, an Entered Apprentice, being in waiting, was duly prepared, brought forward, and passed to the degree of a Fellow Craft, he paying the further sum of five dollars ($5).
Lodge of Fellow Crafts closed, and a Lodge of Master Masons opened in due form.
Brother John Smith, a Fellow Craft, being in waiting, was duly prepared, brought forward, and raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason, he paying the further sum of five dollars ($5).
Amount received this evening, as follows:–
|Petition of Robert Chase||
|Fellow Craft Charles Fronde||
|Fellow Craft Stephen Currie||
|Master Mason John Smith||
All of which was paid over to the Treasurer.
There being no further business, the Lodge was closed in due form and harmony.
SAMUEL SLICK, Secretary. Approved:
SOLOMON NORTHUS, W. M.
Such is the form which has been adopted as the most convenient mode of recording the transactions of a Lodge at the present day.
The minutes of a Lodge should be read at the close of each meeting, that the brethren may suggest any necessary alterations or additions, and then at the beginning of the next regular meeting, that they may be confirmed.
W. M.–Brother Senior Warden, have you any alterations to propose?
S. W. (makes the sign of a Master Mason, see Fig. 6, page 18.)–I have none, Worshipful.
W. M.–Have you any, Brother Junior Warden?
J. W. (sign, Fig. 6.)–None, Worshipful.
W. M.–Has any brother around the Lodge any alterations to propose? (None offering) W. M.–Then, brethren, the motion is on the confirmation of the minutes of our last communication; all that are in favor of their confirmation will make it known by the usual sign of a Mason (see Fig 6, page 18–raise the right hand); those opposed, by the same sign, which is called the usual sign of a Mason. The question of confirmation is simply a question whether the secretary has faithfully and correctly recorded the transactions of the Lodge.
If it can be satisfactorily shown by any brother that there are any omissions or misentries, this is the time to correct them.
SECOND ORDER OF BUSINESS
W. M. (reading and referring petitions.)–If the secretary has any petitions on his table, he will report to the Lodge, as follows: Worshipful Master, there are two petitions for membership, which are as follows, viz.:–
FORM OF PETITION.
To the Worshipful Master, Wardens, and Brethren of St. John’s Lodge, No. 222, of Free and Accepted Masons:
The petition of the subscriber respectfully showeth, that, entertaining a favorable opinion of your ancient institution, he is
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